AYURVEDA – A TIME TESTED MEDICAL SCIENCE
No matter how the world changes! What has to exist must exist. Any science, that is applicable survives through different generations and flows from one generation to another. Nature has its unique way to make or break a system, and we just stay-put observing, until we are removed by the passage of time! So Ayurveda is a science which has faced the turmoil of all times and is still emerging as a leading alternative health-care system in the world. Ayurveda is the world’s oldest science of health-care. Its written tradition was dated back over 5,000 years, but the oral tradition of this science is timeless.
The Basic Principle Of Ayurveda
There are three basic fundamental biological humours described by Ayurveda which are – The Vata, Pitta and Kapha also called “tri-energies”. These are the ones which are in total control of the universe, and are responsible for planetary movements (Vata), their formation and destruction (Pitta) and generation and maintenance of new life (Kapha). Same tri-energies are found inside every living being and are responsible for health and disease. Their balance is “health” or “harmony” whereas the imbalance is “disease” or “chaos”.
This governs the process of all levels in our life. Vata governs all movement; Pitta governs all heat and transformation while kapha governs all growth structure and lubrication.
Our behaviour, our emotions, the season, diet and lifestyle, all have impact on tri energies. The main principle of healing in Ayurveda is to maintain the balance of Vata, Pitta and Kapha by alteration in our lifestyle, our thoughts, and our diet and understanding nature through herbal medicines.
Samadosha samagnisch samadhatu malakriya Prasanna atma mana swastha iti abhidhiyate. (SANSKRIT VERSE) States that:Having a balanced state of Doshas, Agni (digestive fire), Dhatus (tissues) and normal functioning of Mala (waste products), cheerful state of Atman (soul), sensory organs and mind are the symptoms of healthy life.
- If “Vata” gets out of balance for instance, it leads to overactive mind, poor circulation, poor nerve conduction, loss of memory, irregular elimination and uncomfortable menses, etc. Everything that is related to movement.
- If “Pitta” is out of balance, we can get excessive digestive fire resulting in heartburn, excess stomach acid, hot temper and inflammations, etc. Everything that is related to heat and digestion.
- If “Kapha” gets out of balance, it can lead to chronic congestion, weight gain, cellulite, cholesterol build-up, acne and oily skin, etc. Everything that is related to structure and lubrication.
Herbs in synergistic combination, diet, routine and medication are used to restore balance, perfect functioning of the various organs of the body to restore health. Ayurveda does not only focus on curing diseases alone, it focuses on increasing health. Where there is health, there is no room for disease.
Due to foreign invasion in India for hundreds of years, Ayurveda become fragmented and on its comeback trail from around last 35 years. As a result of growing scientific verification at major research institutions in the world, it becomes the worlds’ fastest growing health-care system.
Ayurveda, the five elements (fire, earth, water, air & space) in their biological form combined these 3 energies in the body which are Vata, Pitta and Kapha. These 3 basic energies are the primary life forces or biological humours called doshas in Ayurveda. They are responsible for regulating physical functioning within our body, besides providing us with individual physical characteristics. The constitution of a person is primary determined by the dominant dosha.It is such unique combination of doshas that no two persons are like. The determination of this constitution gives insight into deeper working, behaviour, body type and with it, it is possible to know which herbs, diet, medicines and activities will be suitable for a particular individual to maintain his or her complete state of health. It becomes easier to outline the disease tendencies of the different body types so that a preventive lifestyle may be observed. Accordingly, a person can plan diet and other routine activities affirming to his or her body constitution. This individual constitution analysis is an important step to ascertain about types of diseases and will help a lot in maintenance of good health and prevention of diseases.Your predominant dosha could be any of the three Vata, Pitta and Kapha, a combination of any of the two or the three in a balanced form.